HPSU SPRINT Investor Ready Programme



Programme Overview

SPRINT is designed specifically for pre-investment HPSU clients who are seeking seed investment in the next 6-9 months. It is an intensive 3-day programme which focuses on the key elements of a successful investor proposition - sales strategy, the financial model and funding options.


Who Should Attend?

SPRINT is open to Enterprise Ireland HPSU clients. Please check with your DA before making an application to participate.

Learning Outcomes

Founders are given a deep understanding of: -

  • the sales strategy and the importance of validating the business through sales
  • the importance of having a robust financial model and being able to discuss the financial model with investors
  • how to develop a funding strategy, the funding mix and the different funding options available including UK funding.

All participants will present their investor pitch on the final day and be given feedback from an experienced seed investor panel.

Tools & Templates used:

  • Business Model Canvass
  • Value proposition canvass
  • Sales pitch deck template
  • High level sales plan template
  • Competitor analysis matrix
  • High level financial planning template
  • Investor pitch deck template



SPRINT is a 3-day programme, run across three consecutive weeks. The programme is delivered in a workshop style with a high degree of interaction between participants and facilitators.

Over the 3 weeks there are a number of pre-work assignments which all participants are expected to complete and present to the group for feedback:

A number of expert guest speakers will speak to participants including CEO founders who are further along the journey and potential funding sources including VC, Angel and tax-based funding experts.

The learnings from SPRINT come from listening to subject matter experts and seasoned entrepreneurs as well as group discussions with other participants who are facing similar startup challenges.


Cost is €125.00 per company for up to 3 participants to include all course material and meals/refreshments.

How to Apply

SPRINT will be running in February/March; May and October in 2020. All participants should ensure that they are available to attend the full 3-days of the programme. To apply click on the SPRINT series link as appropriate.

Sprint Series 2020Date
Please note: this programme is fully bookedSPRINT February/March – 27th Feb, 3rd Mar & 10th MarDublin - NDRC
APPLY FOR SPRINT OCTOBERSPRINT October – 6th Oct, 13th Oct & 20th Oct
Will be run virtually 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm
APPLY FOR SPRINT NOVEMBERSPRINT November - 17th Nov, 24th Nov & 1st DecTBC


What past participants say about SPRINT

  • "The SPRINT programme has changed my business in every way. Before we started the programme we were given a Business Model Canvas (BMC) to complete which really helped me take a helicopter view of my business. We tackled the BMC on the first day and I now have it hanging on my office wall. It has really helped me focus." Martin O’Connell, Nasal Medical.
  • “SPRINT was a great help to House My Dog. Throughout the programme we received a crash course in building your business, pitch and financials. We connected with key people to focus on our weakest areas and have since seen a big impact on our growth. We would recommend all Irish startups to take part in the programme." James McElroy, House My Dog.
  • "The SPRINT programme has been invaluable for giving us real focus within the business and accelerating us to revenue stage. The programme was much more interactive and engaging than any other programme I'd been on before. Each topic was discussed in relevance to our business and this is what made it so beneficial”. Sophie Morris, POLR.


Irish startups share their experiences

Training Provider

SPRINT is delivered in partnership with the Dublin Business Innovation Centre (Dublin BIC) who work with entrepreneurs to start and scale through the Guinness Enterprise Centre, HALO Business Angel Network and its Investor Ready Programme.

More information/contact

For further details, please contact:

Mary Rogers

Enterprise Ireland

Mary Rogers

+353 61 777039

Rachael James

Enterprise Ireland

Rachael James

+353 1 727 2792